Today I finished Rick and Matt's story, although finish is a relative term because I have to read through, tweak and then send back to my editor. Finished or not, I feel like I've reached a milestone.
Ta-daa, and drum roll, because this is the first time I've gone public on this... Rick and Matt's story is called Loose Connection and is the first in the Urban Love series. Each book follows the lives of a group of friends who met at university and who today all live within a stone's throw of each other.
Where do they live and is it important? Well, they all live either on or around a lovely Georgian square in south London. And yes, I do think it's important because as both a writer and a reader, I like a sense of place. I don't name the square in Loose Connection but it's based closely on one that I knew as a child. As I wrote, I could see the square vividly because it was were my grandfather and other family members lived. In the story, the house Rick lives in has been converted into flats; two of his friends, Archie and Zack, live in one of the houses.
To put it bluntly, the houses and flats in the square are worth a fortune, so how can a bunch of twenty somethings afford to live in a place like this? It's because they're posh boys. Or at least that's Matt's view of things. Because Matt is anything but a posh boy; in fact, he's the plumber with the rough work-calloused hands who came to fix Rick's boiler and kind of... stayed around.
Rick's other friend is Jake, and he lives in one of the streets around the back of the square. Yes, I know there are lots of cars, but this is London.
So that's a bit on the background to Loose Connection, which will be available in November 2015 on Amazon (barring alien invasions or other minor inconveniences). Look out for more on Loose Connection in the coming days and weeks.
A E Ryecart
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